n African Entomology - Spray Oils Beyond 2000 : Sustainable Pest and Disease Management, G.A.C. Beatie, D.M.Watson, M.L. Stevens, D.J. Rae and R.N. Spooner-Hart (Eds.) : book review

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



Spray oils gained popularity as pesticides in the 1950s but were subsequently displaced in the market by synthetic compounds. With recent trends in legislation relating to pesticide residues, interest in these oils is reviving. This saw expression in the convening of the first international conference on spray oils in Sydney, late in 1999. The proceedings of that conference form the contents of this book, which features over 70 papers. The compilers clearly feel that one of the most important contributions is a newly proposed international classification scheme for spray oils, including explicit chemical standards and a common nomenclature, which is aimed at overcoming the existing ambiguous and dialectal system. However, the volume will have relevance to a much wider audience because it provides a broad overview of research into this neglected form of crop protection.

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